Feds Say They Don't 'Own' Navajo Land In Cleanup Suit

Law360, New York (March 20, 2017, 2:47 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government on Friday said it’s not required to bankroll the environmental cleanup of more than a dozen old uranium sites on Navajo Nation land, telling an Arizona federal court that El Paso Natural Gas Company LLC's bid to avoid its own liability for the mess is barred by sovereign immunity.

In a memo asking the court to deny El Paso’s motion for partial summary judgment on “owner” liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, the federal government said it was not,...
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